The Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation traces its origin to 1971, when a group of volunteers organized a health fair in the streets of Chinatown, NYC to provide health education and screenings to the medically underserved Chinese community. Today, after rapid growth, several location changes, federal designation, national recognition, and a re-naming, the Health Center – now known as the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC), serves 60,000 patients with approximately 500 staff members.
Reflecting back, Dr. Raymond Fong, the Board President of the Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation, makes the connection to civil rights movement. “This year marks 50 years since that 1971 street fair and free clinic. Our founders were looking to tackle disparities in healthcare, unequal access, and anti-Asian sentiment. We started at a time of unrest to help fight the war on poverty in underserved communities. We’ve made tremendous progress, but we are still fighting those same battles.”
The uptick in violence against Asian Americans has had health impacts and added to the already strained healthcare workforce. Noted Dr. Perry Pong, CBWCHC Chief Medical Officer, “We are seeing mental health needs at unprecedented levels. On top of fighting COVID, we are simultaneously offering health education and mental health services to community members during this time.”
In lieu of a typical in-person gala, the Foundation has chosen to use its 50th anniversary to virtually honor healthcare staff who have worked through the pandemic, and to host a scientific and community panel discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic.
A scientific panel will be moderated by MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui and headlined by Dr. David D. Ho, who has been at the forefront of developing novel strategies to diagnose, treat, and prevent COVID-19 infection, as well as Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University.
A community panel moderated by CNBC anchor Melissa Lee will feature small business owners and community physicians who have faced the dual crises of COVID-19 in the community and racist attacks in the Asian American community, including elderly, immigrants, and women.
Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation 50th Anniversary Virtual Celebration
Honoring Our Past. Forging a Healthier Future
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Registration is FREE and required to attend the event
The Chinatown Health Clinic Foundation is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve access to quality health care for underserved Asian Americans and other vulnerable populations. Since its establishment in 1995, the Foundation has brought together health care professionals and compassionate individuals to support community-based health care services, such as those provided by the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.